A horrifying secret lurks in a backwoods cabin.
" A horror movie embedded in a conspiracy flick embedded in another horror movie-the most inventive cabin-in-the-woods picture since The Evil Dead and the canniest genre deconstruction since Scream. "
" A pulpy, deceivingly insightful send-up of horror movies that elicits just as many knowing chuckles as horrified gasps. "
" The climactic one-two punch of special-effects chaos and meta-movie chin stroking should have the fanboys trembling with delight. "
" Cabin is a meta-horror-comedy mash-up that, at least for two-thirds of its running time, holds together smartly. "
" If you like nutty energy, wacky ideas, crisp dialogue and scary, bloody, gory, grotesque and twisted movies - man, are you going to have a blast this weekend. "
" Everything about "The Cabin in the Woods" is a delicious practical joke... "
" And you thought you were just headed for a weekend getaway. "
" Quite a bit of it is great, and most of it works, and the stuff that clicks is outrageously entertaining and funny, sometimes with surprising depth. "
" By the time the ride is over, director Drew Goddard and co-writers Goddard and Joss Whedon will change course three or four times, nodding and winking but never losing momentum. "
" Though there are plot holes in the elaborately concocted scenarios, The Cabin in the Woods gets points for the twists and turns that come along with its sly wickedness. "
" Movies that mean to deconstruct movies seem to be made solely by and for cinema vampires, those ghost-faced geeks whose pallor is rarely challenged by exposure to the sun. "
" All the actors do a decent job with whatever is thrown at them - usually sharp objects. "
" "The Cabin in the Woods" gets at the story underneath the story, and the reason behind the cliches. "
" If it's true that you always kill the thing you love, then horror honchos Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have taken an ax to slasher cinema in The Cabin in the Woods and chopped it up for kindling. "
" There is a scholarly, nerdy, completist sensibility at work here that is impressive until it becomes exhausting. "
" Zest counts for a lot, and resonance carries the day. "
" One of the best movies of 2012 so far, in any genre. "
" The filmmakers have a real love for the horror genre and its tropes and archetypes, and while much of what goes on here will have special resonance for fellow buffs, you don't have to be a scholar of spooky movies to appreciate how the story's being told. "
" For all of its many intellectual pleasures, and smart commentary, Cabin in the Woods is a visceral roller coaster of a movie at heart. And like the best thrill rides, when it's over, you just want to get back on and go again. "
" You needn't be a fanboy to enjoy the moment when the ride really takes off and the spectacle flowers. A scary imagination will do just fine. "
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